SAMFORD UNIVERSITY LIBRARY
I SAM fORD V.^NTVX'RSJ'iy
Muscle Shoals Baptist Association
v. 1. 1850
v. 11. 1888
v. 2. 1854
v. 12. 1891
v. 3. 1855
v. 13. 1892
v. 14. 1893
v. 15. 1895
v. 6. 1861
v. 16. 1896
v. 7. 1867
v. 17. 1897
v. 8. 1871
v. 18. 1898
v. 9. 1885
v. 10. 1887
v. 19. 1899
v. 20. 1900
I I ■ ^-Trimty , Stati
falsi S&J^.; .'t Jtoww|fe4l
SOKDER jOF BUSIN
he Association to order an
ches and enroll delegates.
The Moderator shall
tead letters from the churc
Sleet o^ B fcfe P fc t-^W" ■ ^kM^
t. Call for petitionary letters.
5 n j£\ f_r correspondence from other bodies.
B. Invite isiting brethren to se'ats.wstti is.
7. Appohv committees, viz: On t)evotioBal Exercises. 2. State
Ir^alil of Religion. 3. Deceased Mini-ten;. 4. Documents. 5.
Finance. ^^H I ^*&&&s^3j2& ■- '\il
8. Appoint messengers to corresponding bodies. ^^H
'. Report of Board of Trustees of the Baptist Female institute at
10. C^Stll for report of Executive Board.
11 Call for Treasurer's Report,
12 Call for report of Board of Ministerial Education
13. A ppoint ' ime and place of rsesi meeting of the Assos iation .
14. Appoint preacher of introductory sermon and the alternate.
In, Call for reports of standing committees in the order of their a
16. Call for reports Of other committees in their order.
17. Resolutions and miscellaneous business.
15. Read the Minutes, call the roll, and adjourn
The next Session mil be held at Russelville, Franklin county, Ala., com
mencingon Friday before the fii^t';Sah^l!r.^ :: 0;ctobej^l^68:r '
ORDAINED MINISTERS ok THE MUSCLK SHOAL ASSOCIA-
TION WITH THEIR POST OFFICES.
Adams, S. R. C. Danville. Morgan county. Alnbama.
Bradford, Isaac Av.ca. Lawrence county, Alabama.
Browing. W. J., Decatur, Alat
Carter, W. B. II tseJI.-Morgn
rinoey, Mike, Ne
Gu n n , Jac k s o n . T
Gibsorii J ■ , S . M ouot Hoj
Hetnbre, ■ M*.j/t
Halbrooks, H. J. I
Lvon, Matt, Moui.
Nesmith, John R.
Pace, J. Q. A. Rugfelville, Frankfin county, Alabama.
Roan, | v, Somerville, Morgan county, Alabama.
Roberts, ! M. MoulL-n, Lawrence county, Alabama.
Shackelford, Jos. Trinity Station, Morgan county, Alabama.
Speer, John, Trinity Station, Morgan count v. Alabama.
Stockton J. I. Hartselt, Morgan county, Alabama.
Stockton, W. A. Moulton, Lawrence county, Alabama.
Smith, W. G. W. Falkville, Morgan countv% Alabama
Thomas, J. M„ Sheffield, Alabama.
Thompson, J. N. Falkville, Morgan counrv, Alabama.
Wear; R. T. Mount Hope. Lawrence count*-, Alabama.
Weaver, T.J. Somerviife, Morgan cmintv, Alabama. : -
ice count v, Ala!
Morgan county, Alabama.
The delegates composing the Sixty Eighth Annual Ses-
sion of the Muscle Shoals Association of Baptists, convened
with the Town Creek Baptist Church, Lawrence County*
Alabama, on Friday, the 30th day of September, 1887, at 11
a. m. The introductory sermon was preached by Elder Jo
sephus Shackelford, from the parables of the talents and ten
pounds found in Matthew 25th chapter, 14-30 verses, and
Luke 19th chapter, 12-26 verses. After the sermon, there
was a recess of one hour and a quarter.
The Association was called to order by the former Moder-
ator, Elder J. Gunn. Elder Jos. Shackelford, the forjner
Clerk, took his place at the Clerk's table. The Association
was opened by singing, reading of the scriptures and prayer
by Rev. J. M. Thomas. An address of welcome was made
by Rev. R. T. Wear, Pastor of Town Creek church, which
was responded to by the Moderator. Bros. C. G. Lynch,
John Speer, and John E. Weaver were appointed reading
clerks. The following churches were represented by letter
Russelville — Wm East, Peter Clay, John Byars.
Mt Pleasant— A H Stanley, Henry Gargis, R R Maye.
Okolona— W D Braswell.
Bethany — Jackson Patterson.
Town Creek — R T Wear, James S Gibson, George W Jackson.
Salem— J M Roberts, A Heflin, J P Pearson.
Moulton — Mat Lyon. O D Gibson, C G Lynch.
Harmony— J S Howell, W S Howell.
Mission Grove — J W Yates.
Gum Spring (L)— W H 7 '
Zion (L) — Letter, no delegates.
Gum Spring (L)— W H Muston.
-Letter, no delegat
Enon— W M Duke, J T Wallace, R L Key.
Hillsboro— S J Porter, J W Wallace.
Decatur — J Gunn, Jos Shackelford.
Pleasant Hill— John Speer, J S Hale, W P Hill.
Macedonia (M) — G E Lane.
Tuscumbia— D H Walker, John F Belue.
Hopewell— W F Orr, J A Henry, J J Sandlin.
Lebanon — J H Thompson, W H Jenkings, H E Woods.
Mt Pisgah— W B Carter, H A McClellan, G H Hughes.
Bethet (M)— J C H-u-tselle, J C Love, D Aiken, W A Belue.
Mt Zion (M)— C Thompson.
Shoal Creek — E T Spain, J H Clemmons, F N Lynch.
Blue Spring— J E Weaver, R M McCiure.
Hartselle— -\ C Orr.
Danville— J G Orr.
Cherry Hill— Wesley Horton.
New Hope — H J Crow.
After the enrollment of the names of the delegates, the
Association proceeded to the election of officers, which re-
sulted in the choice of Elder Jackson Gunn, Moderator, and
Elder Josephus Shackelford, Clerk. The Moderator return-
ed his thanks to the brethren, for their renewed confidence,
and then announced that the Association was ready for bus-
ORDER OF BUSINESS.
On motion of Bro. W. B. Carter, the order of business as
printed in the minutes of last year, was adopted as the or-
der of business for this session.
Petitionary letters were called for, when letters were re-
ceived from the following churches, and on motion, the
churches were received into our union, and the names of
the delegates enrolled :
Falkvile— J M MaDaniel, F L Simpson.
Mt Stanley— G W Dodson.
Somerville— T J Weaver.
Mt Hope— W R Roberts, Jas F Harville, A C Messer.
Tharps Spring— Mike Taylor, H C Counts, T J Byars.
Sheffield — Letter ; no delegate .
^The right hand of fellowship was given to the delegates
by the Moderator.
A letter was presented from a body, calling itself the An-
tioch Baptist Church, asking for membership in this Associ-
ation ; on account of the fact stated in the letter, that a part
of the members of this body had been excluded from the Mt.
Pisgah Church, which is a constituent member of this Asso •
ciation ; the letter, on motion of Bro. Joseph Shackelford,
was referred to a select committee of seven, who should re-
port at this session as to the action which should be taken
by the Association, concerning the petition.
On a call for corresponding messengers from sister associ-
ations, the following brethren were received:
Mt. Carmel Association — John White.
Cullman Association — W. A. Taylor, R. J. Fuller.
Mulberry Association — J. M. Thomas.
Visiting brethren were invited to seats.
The Moderator appointed the following committee : *
Devotional Exercises — J. C. Orr, W. M. East, and the pas-
tor and deacons of Town Creek Church.
On motion, the Association adjourned to meet at 9 a. m.
Saturday. Prayer by the Moderator.
SECOND DAY'S PROCEEDINGS.
Saturday, Oct. 1st, 1887.
The Association was called to order by the Moderator at
9 a. m. Prayer by Bro. M. Finney. The minutes of Friday
were read and approved.
The Moderator announced the following committee on the
petitionary letter of the body calling itself Antioch Baptist
Church: M. Finney, O. D. Gibson, Wm. East, W. F. Orr,
R. T. Wear, S. J. Porter, John E. Weaver.
The Moderator also announced the following committees
to report at this session :
Finance— J. S. Gibson, R. M. McClure, G. H. Hughes.
Deceased Ministers — R. T. Wear, A. H. Stanley, Henry
Documents— H. J. Halbrooks, T. J. Weaver, J. T. Wal-
State of Religion— W. P. Hill, J. Speer, J. R. Nesmith.
Correspondents were appointed to the following bodies :
North Liberty Association — H. J. Halbrooks, J. I. Stock-
Bear Creek— M. Finney, J. R. Nesmith, J. W. Horton.
Mt. Carmel^Jos. Shackelford, W. B. Garter, J. E. Weaver,
Sulphur Springs— C. A. Owen, f. J. Weaver, J. M. Rob-
Cullman— J. Gunn, T. J. Weaver, C. A. Owen, W. B. Car-
ter, Jos. Shackelford.
Canaan— Jos. Shackelford, W. B. Carter, J. Gunn, M. Fin-
Alabama Baptist State Convention— Jos. Shackelford, C.
A. Owen, T.J. Weaver, J.C. Orr, J: M. Roberts, Peter Clay.
W. B. Carter, J. G. Orr, R. M. tycClure, h. J. Halbrooks
and J. Gunn.
BAPTIST MALE AND FEMALE INSTITUTE AT MOULTON.
The Report of the Board of Trustees of the Baptist Male and Female
Institute at Moulton, was called for and read by Brother Jas. S. Gibson,
as follows : We the Trustees of the Baptist Male and Female Institute,
would respectfully represent to your body, that we have secured the services
of Prof. G. S. Howerton, late of the luka Normal School, as Principal of
our school. He has a fine school of about seventy pupils. He is giving
satisfaction to the patrons, and we recommend this school to the Associa-
tion, as being in every way worthy of its support. The morals of your
children as well as their mental advancement, will be well looked after.
As the school is worthy of your support, we hope the Association will pat-
ronize it more extensively in the future than in the past. Art and music are
taught in the school . "*"
H. B. Irwin, President.
J. S. Gibson, Secretary.
On motion, the Report was received and ordered to be-
spread on the minutes.
The Report on Education was called for, and read by the Chairman, Jos-
Shackelford. This report and the general subject of education was dis-
cussed by Brethren Howerton, C. G. Lynch, J. White and Jos. Shackel-
ford, and then adopted as follows : Your committee to whom was referred
the subject of Education beg leave to report as follows ; We are glad to
know that the subject of education is receiving more attention irom Bap-
tists than ever before in our history. Our people, generally, are becoming
more interested in the education of their children, and feel more and more
the necessity of having an educated ministry. Our Institutions of learning
will compare favorably with the best in the land, whether State or denom-
inational schools. It is not necessary in this report to speak of the impor-
tance of educating our children. This has been placed before our people
again and again, and we are assured that they, generally, appreciate its im-
portance, and value. We have common and high schools and colleges
placed within easv reach of all, and none need go without an education, for
the want of schoo'ls. To our young brethren, who feel called of God to*
preach the gospel, and wish to prepare themselves for this great work, we
commend Howard College, located at East Lake, near Birmingham, and
the Southern Theological Seminary at Louisville, Ky., and the High
Schools within our own Association.
If they are not prepared to enter college, they can prepare themselves at
the Male and Female. Institute at Moulton, now under the charge of Prof.
G. T. Howerton, assisted by our esteemed Brother Prof. C. G. Lynch.
This is a good school, worthy of patronage. All ministerial students are
received free of charge. These gentlemen are experienced and efficient
teachers. Howard College, also, opens wide its doors to all ministerial stu-
dents. We have now in that Institution a chair of Theology, and its Prof.
Rev. D. I. Purser, will pay special attention to ministerial students. The
Seminary at Louisville, is one of the be6t, if not the best Theological In-
stitutions in the United States. Those ministerial students who are pre-
pared to do so, would do well to take a partial, if not a full course in the
Seminary. We also call the attention of our people, who have daughters
to educate, to the Judson Female Institute at Marion, Ala. This is a school
of the highest order, and deserves the patronage of the Baptist of the State.
The Central Female College at Tuscaloosa, is another good Baptist school.
We would not close this report, without again calling the attention of the
Baptists of the Muscle Shoals Association to their own school at Moul-
ton. This is our school, belonging to our Association. It proposes to give
instruction equal to any school of the same grade. Baptists should pat-
ronize it for it is worthy of patronage, and because they ought to sustain
their own schools, when they offer the same advantages as others. If we
■do not sustain it, we cannot expect those not Baptist to do so.
REPORT OF EXECUTIVE BOARD.
The Report of ihe Executive Board was read by Brother C. G. Lynch
and after remarks by Brother O. D. Gibson, was adopted as follows : The
Executive Board to the Muscle Shoals Association ; dear Brethren, wj
found at our first meeting after the last Association, after setting aside the
amounts for certain purposes as per order of Association, we had only $240
left for Associationai missions, we divided this equally amongst districts Nos.
1, 2 and 3. In District number 1, Brother Speer was placed on a salary of,
-$10 per month for eight months. He was to begin on the 15th of October,
and preach on Saturdays, and Sundays. He was requested to try to get
his congregation to pay him enough to put in the other four months of the
year. District number 2 was given to Brother Lyon, for one-fourth of his
time for $80. District number 3, was given to Brother T. J. Weaver, for
three-fourths of his time. He was instructed to begin October 15th and
continue to January 1st, 1887. Then to suspend his work till May, 1st, '87.
In obedience to the instructions of the last Association, the Executive
Board has held or endeavored to hold four meetings in different parts of the
Association. The first at Moulton, was well attended. The second at
Macedonia, in Franklin county was attended by three members of the
Board. The third was attended by two members, and the fourth at Bethel
in Lawrence was attended by two members df the Board. While only a
few members of the Board visited those various appointments, not enough
to transact business, there being no quorum only at Moulton, yet we are
constrained to believe, that much good has been done by these meetings.
C. G. Lynch, Secretary.
O. D, Gibson, President.
The report of Brother T. W. Lynch, Treasurer of the As-
sociation was read by the Clerk and ordered to be spread
upon the minutes as follows :
T. W. Lynch, Treasurer, ' .
In account with Muscle Shoals Association.
To amount on hand tJ8 2«
To cash from J. S. Hale, Finance Committee 416 22
To cash from Hartsell church 10 0O
To cash from Mrs. Sybert.-. W
To cash from Russelville church, bv Mrs* Kirk 5 00
To cash from Mt. Zion church, for 1886-86
From Russelville church, bv J. B. Sugg
From F. C. Owen bequest 20 09
From Moulton church 75 w
By cash paid J. Speer. $150 00
By cash paid J. I. Stockton 202 50
By cash paid Mat Lyon 63 70
By cash paid Mat Lyon 5 00
By cash paid R. T. Wear 50 00
Bv cash paid Mat Lyon 10 00
By cash paid Mat Lyon 78 65 65* 75
T. W. Lynch, Treasurer,
REPORT OF STANDING COMMITTEES.
On motion, the reports of the various committees on missions were read,
and the whole subject of missions was considered under the same order of
business. The Report on Associational Missions was read by Brother C.
G. Lynch. That on Foreign Missions by Brother Mat Lyon, and the Re-
port on State Missions was read by Brother R. T. Wear. The missiona-
ries al%o made their reports, and the subject of missions was tiien discussed
by Brothers J. M. Roberts and Jos. Shackelford. Pending the discussion
on motion, the Association adjourned for 1}£ hours. Prayer by the Mode-
The Association met pursuant to adjournment. Prayer
by Brother W.T. Cobbs. The subject of Mission was again
taken up, and discussed by Bros. A. ]J. Harris, Jas. S. Gib-
son, J. M. Thomas, and the Moderator, who called for contri-
butions and pledges, when the following amounts were col-
lected and pledged by churches and iudividuals.
PLEDGES FOR MISSIONS.
Tuscumbia $ 15 00
Russelville 100 00
Cherry Hill 10 00
Bethel (L) 10 00
Mt. Pleasant 20 00
Antioch 5 00
Okalona 5 00
Bethany 5 00
Town Creek 30 00
Mission Grove 5 00
Salem 5 00
Moulton 50 00
Harmony 5 00
New Hope, Foreign Missions 5 00
Hillsboro 40 50
Gum Springs (L).-. 5 00
Enon 35 00
Pleasant Hill 20 00
Decatur 50 00
Hopewell .„. .. 25 00
Danville, $1.00 per member 32 00
Hartsell, $1,00 per member 38 00
Lebanon 10 00
Mt. Pisgah, cash paid Finance Commmittee. 41 05
Bethel (M) .* 10 00
Mt. Zion (M) cash paid Finance Committee ... 5 00
Shoal Creek 5 00
Blue Springs 10 00
Somerville 10 00
Falkville 10 00
Sheffield 25 00
Mt. Stanley 5 00
Tharp Springs 5 00
Mt. Hope ... 25 00
Rocky Creek 5 00
Moulton S. S. cash for Foreign Missions H M . . 5 00
PLEDGES FROM INDIVIDUALS AND CASH.
Mrs. S. M. Steenson, paid $ 100
A. H. Stanley 10 00
Mrs. E. M. Sandlin 1 00
Mrs- E. A. Shoemaker 1 00
Mrs. E. G. Weems, paid 1 00
M. C. Masterson, paid 150
M. A.Carter.... .'..' 1 00
T.N. Jones 5 00
Mrs O. B. Henly, paid 1 00
Mrs. Ella Stanley, paid F. M 1 00
Cash collections". 6 70
$ 16 20
Pledges and cash from churches and S. S $702 70
The reports were th n adopted as follows:
REPORT ON / SSOCI ATIONAL MISSIONS.
We, your committee on A sociational Missions, beg leave to make this
3 an increasing demand for mission work
by the rapid growth of population in towns
ilt, an increase of population in some country
all these additions to the numbers, intelligence,
ity of our population, there is the usual aver-
and wickedness; and these elements are also,
as everywhere else, active for evil, neither more nor less, we suppose, than
may be looked for among any other enterprising people. A great and
growing demand is thus thrust upon us, as stewards of the manifo'd grace
of God, to put into this inviting field a sufficient number of the most intelli-
gent, cultivated, experienced, influential, zealous and consecrated missiona
report to your body. There
our territory. This is show
on our railroads, and as a re
neighborhoods. Along wit!
capital, and irrepressible act
age attendance of worldlinc
ries of the Cross of Christ, a
labor. We need men wh
position to the Gospel, but e
doctrine with which our lane
strengthen our churches, a».-
]y faith. While many good
added to our population, ye'
d to pav them a reasonable amount for their
are> able, not only to meet the open op-
:essfully to expose and overcome all the false
s flooded, and no less are such men needed to
build up the members thereof in the most ho-
.nd liberal christian people have recently been
hey can meet but a small portion of the de-
mands upon all the followers of Christ within our limits, and we regret to
have to record, that we as
ciated our responsibility, or
of great usefulness. With c
sions, and a still smaller ar>
Executive Board could not p
fore. We submit the questn
the most serious and prayen
The best mode of carrying 01
tention. It may be consider
1st. Whether this work
churches, and in the most de
2nd. Or whether to expeu
tian work, though some are
only $31.30 foi associationa;
is from 649 church member*
object; and but two of them
There are twelve other chu:
year not one cent for associ
objects, and four churches p
ody of christians, do not seem to have appre-
e honor, He would confer upon us in the field
ninished contributions, for Associational Mis-
unt of pledges for the year just closing, our
ovide for quite half as much work as hereto-
i, whether this state of things does not call for
1 consideration on the part of this Association,
our mission work, is worthy of our special at-
lall be prosecuted exclusively away from
: itute portions of the Association.
our efforts on weak churches, weak in chris-
irge in membership; nine of which contributed
nissions. So the minutes say. This amount
and is less than six cents per member for this
conti ibuted for any other object but minutes.
;hes, comprising 694 members, who gave last
tional missions, though one paid $1.05 for other
id nothing, even for minutes.
3rd. Or shall the. few chu ches that give, have the amount spent on them
to build them up to greater i -efulness? Or whether it would be better to
change the location of the F ;ecutive Board from Moulton, where it has
been so long, to some other /lace, where more zealous members of it and
for it might be found. Or hether it would not be best to employ minis-
employed, to serve some of these weak churches?
ay with the pledge system as a thing of the past,
k for one year, and ask the delegates to return
them to adopt the scriptural plan of raising
money, by meeting every Su iday to worship God, and to lay by in store for
Him, as He has prospered tht in by giving one tenth or some other part to
Him. Dear brethren, that iese suggestions may be beneficial to you, they
are respectfully submitted. C G Lynch,
ters whose time is not fully
Or would it be best to do z^
and stop the missionary wc;
to their churches, and urg
REPORT ON FOREIGN MISSIONS.
The great commission, from which every true minister of Christ derives
his authority to preach, is an express command to engage for life in t;.e
work of Foreign Missions. Even Peter, who, for a time, was sent special-
ly, to preach to his own people, was expressly selected by, the Holy Spirit,
(Acts 10; 19.) to announce the blessing of the gospel to the Gentiles. Home
Missions in any given locality, could have no existence, if Foreign Missions
had not first planted the gospel there. Every Baptist church in this coun-
try maj- trace its origin through past generations to foreign mission work.
Every true chuich of Christ owes its existence to the life giving principle of
foreign missions. And through that spiritual law of its very nature, spon-
taneously radiates light in every direction to regions beyond. Thus did the
church at Antioch, in Syria, by command of the Holy Spirit, send forth
Barnabas and Saul to carry the gospel to other heathen nations; and thus
has many a modern church of Christ in heathen lands, furnished monev
and sent missionaries to other benighted regions of heathendom. Thus a
church of Christ in any age, in any land, under any circumstances, was, and
if still existing is, in its very nature, a foreign missionary church, and everv
true christian member thereof a foreign missionary christian. All that such
a church member lacks in this regard, is owing to his want of information
or of consecration to the service of Christ or of both. But there are anti-
mission Baptists, and they have existed in every age of the gospel. They
have a very ancient, even a scriptural, if not a commemi.able record .
The Apostle John, in his 3d epistle, characterizes one of them by the
name of Diotrephes, who refused to receive the missionaries sent by the
apostles, prating maliciously against John and his brethren, and turning out
of the church those who would receive them. The church that fails to
draw its missionary life from Christ is like a walking skeleton, and soon
ceases to live, But a missionary church and missionary church members
are not such as merely acknowledge the correctness of the missionary prin-
ciple, or even believe in their own personal obligation to sustain missions,
but they are such as honestly, according to their ability, practice what they
profess. u O missionary baptist are practically anti-missionary baptist !
The history of modern baptist missions, dating specially from the times
of Carey, about one hundred years ago, soon followed byjudson, depicts a
scene of wonderful progress, and of self-sacrificing devotion to our heaven-
ly Master. But while India and Burmah were blessed with gospel truth,
China and Africa and regions under the dark and cruel rule of Romanism
in Europe and America were scarcely thought of for missionary enterprise.
But our hearts swell with gratitude at the cheering news we now have
from over five great foreign missionary fields, comprising the populations
of probably more than two-thirds of the whole human race.
In the empire of Brazil, in South America, our southern board has three
recently established missions with 14 missionaries, native and foreign ; bap-
tisms, 30 ; members. 175. This young mission has had great success, and
is now subjected to severe persecutions, an unfailing harbinger of still more
glorious triumphs. The progress of our Mexican mission has been truly
wonderful, and their territory now extends through four Mexican states,
from Texas to the Pacific ocean. Bro. Powell speaks of organizing ten new
churches, which will make eighteen, while they have but four ordained min-
isters. The baptisms reach 100, making their membership 350, while 150
were awaiting baptism. They have 100 pupils, and have contributed $823
to the good work.
The Italian mission has 1 5 missionaries, native and foreign ; baptisms 26,
making 306 members. It is constantly growing.
In China, with a population of 400,000,000, we have only 54 native and
foreign missionaries ; baptisms, 46 ; members, 677 ; pupils, 203 ; contribu-
tions, $699 tl, besides $ 000 by a converted native, Wong Yeur San, who
built a chapel and preac es in it three times a week. The government has
made christian missions .ree in the whole empire, and baptist, who alone
carry a perfectly pure _ "*pel, ought to enter in by hundreds.
In the vast and yet lit le known continent of Africa, we have but 16 mis-
sionaries, native and fb- ign ; baptized, 36 ; members, 138 ; 32 having died ;
pupils 284. Total : In all our missions we have 116 missionaries, native
and foreign ; the baptisms are 228 ; church members, 1561 ; churches and
stations, 65 ; schools, 25 ; pupils, 587 ; contributions in the mission fields,
To our brethren of the Muscle Shoals Missionary Baptist Asseciation we
would say, that the fields are white unto the harvest on every hand, that la-
borers and preachers are needed to carry the gospel to a thousand million
perishing human beings ; and how can they gO except they be sent ? and how
can thev be sent unless you contribute largely of your money to pay their
travelling expenses, and" support them in their fields of labor ; Let us gath-
er more and more light for ourselves on this great subject of christian duty,
by more closely and prayerfully studying the word of God, and by habit-
ually reading our own religious newspapers, and keeping ourselves informed
in the current of missionary news, and on Jtheir instructive and practical
comment on this all-ir^ortant work for Christ The special vehicle for
such enlightenment is ur official Foreign Mission Journal of Richmond,
Va., in which we may obtain fresh from the wide field of gospel work, the
soul inspiring letters of devoted missionaries, with deeply interesting facts,
and knowledge of race and countries, together with matured thoughts of
our best informed brei .»ren in this line of study, and withal a minute detail
of every cent of monev received from every state, every Association, every
church, and every man woman and child th*t wish their contributions no-
ticed, as well as of every cent expended in the work. Let twenty-five mem-
bers of a church pay twenty cents apiece and have a package of twenty-five
papers sent monthly to cne person, and by him distributed to all'. Every one
of us is a steward of the manifold grace of God. It is required in stewards
that a man be found fa hful, and every one of us must hereafter account
for himself and his faithfulness to god.
J. E. Weaver.
REPORT ON STATE MISSIONS.
The State Mission Work is indeed highly important, and becomes more
so with each succeeding year. The resources of wealth that are being dis-
covered and opened up, are attracting people from every direction to our
own loved state. As the multitudes pour in upon us, our responsibilities in-
crease, and we should put forth every effort to meet these responsibilities, as
valiant soldiers of Christ. We gather from the report of the State Board,
that with a membership of 90,000, 1,400 churches and near 800 ordained
ministers, we are giving only $7,387.33 to state missions.
For the past year, there have been 47 missionaries employed for all or a
part of their time, and nine colporteurs. Our noble brethren who constitute
the State Board, realize the importance of extending the work, but cannot
for the want of funds. Will not the 3095 Baptists of the Muscle Shoals
Association, come up with their contributions until the $12,000 asked for
.mall be given, and the desires of the Board to aid weak churches and supply
places of destitution with a living ministry, be fully carried out. Oh. that
the light of God's truth may shine into the heart of every individual mem-
ber of the churches of this Association, until they shall realize that it is their
duty to give of their means for the spread of the gospel, that it may be to
others as it has been to us, the power of God unto Salvation!
R T Wear,
W B Carter,
REPORTS OF MISSIONARIES.
Report of Mat Lyon to the Muscle Shoals Association, of missionary ser-
vice for the year ending 30th September 1887.
I was employed to labor in the western part of this Association, for one
fourth of my time except three months in the winter. I have labored eigh-
ty-six days; traveled 956 miles, preached forty sermons, delivered one ad-
dress on baptism, made twenty-four visits to my preaching stations, nine
visits to other churches, 163 visits to families, sold thirteen col portage books,
attended three protracted meetings and two more in part, and procured
twenty four subscribers to the Foreign Mission Journal. I have received
eighty dollars in full payment for my services since last Association, and I
have also received twenty-eight dollars and eighty cents balance in full for
my services for last year. Fraternally,
N Mat Lyon.
REPORT OF JOHN SPEER.
To the Muscle Shoals Association. I was employed by your board for
eight months at a salary of $80. I was to give only one half of my Satur-
day and Sunday time. I do not report in this any of my work except my
mission work. Work as follows. I have traveled about 887 miles; have
preached fifty-four sermons; have delivered twenty-two exhortations; have
held two protracted meetings, at mission stations; witnessed a number of
conversions; assisted in the organization of two churches. I have secured
several subscribers for the Alabama Baptist and the Foreign Mission Jour-
nal. I have received $12.00 on my salary. Humbly submitted.
• REPORT OF J. T. WEAVER.
Report of J. T. Weaver, missionary of Third District, of Muscle Shoals
I wa6 employed by the Board Oct. 15th, 1886 ; labored until Tanuary,
1st, 1887 ; suspended until May, 1st ; then resumed work until Oct, 1st,
1887, and gave three-fourths of this time to the mission work. I devoted
my work mostly to Somerville, Falkville and Poteet's school house ; or-
ganized a church at Somerville, and one at Falkville ; I have attended
many very precious meetings in which there have been ninety-five conver-
sions, and ninety additions to the churches.
Salary promised me by^the Board $ 80 00
Raised lor church building and repairs 400 00
Received as supplement to my salary 20 00
Raised in missions 15 00
T. J. Weaver, Missionary.
TIME AND PLACE OF NEXT MEETING.
Two places were in nomination for the next meeting of
the Association, Mt. Pisgah church and Russelville. The
Association voted to meet with the Russelville church, on
Friday before the 1st Sabbath in October, 1888.
A Committee was appointed to nominate a preacher to
preach the Introductory Sermon at the next Association and
The Committee, recommended that Brother J. Gunn,
preach the Introductory and Brother John E. Weaver, alter-
nate. The recommendation was adopted.
The select committee to report on the reception of the
body calling itself, the Antioch church, reported, which re-
port was adopted as follows:
We jour Committee lo whom was referred the petitionary letter of An-
tioch church, report unfavorable as to its reception, and suggest that the
letter be tabled.
M. Finnby, Ch'n.
The Committee on -devotional exercises reported as fol-
Rev. W. T. Cobbs, preach tonight at Prarie School House. Sunday
at 9 a. m. Sundav School mass meeting. Addresses by A. T- Harris and
J. M. Thomas. Sunday at 11 a. m. preaching by Rev. J. Gunn. Sunday
at 2 p. m. preaching by Rev. Jos. Shackelford.
Association adjourned until Monday morning at 9 o'clock.
Prayer by v the Moderator.
SUNDAY— Oct. 2nd. 1887.
The Sunday School mass meeting convened at the ap-
pointed hour, and was addressed by Bro. A. J. Harris, of
Nashville, and Brother J. M. Thomas, both made interest-
ing speeches, which were appreciated by the large audience.
The biethren. appointed to preach filled their appointments
and we trust good was accomplished by the preached word.
MONDAY— Oct. 3rd.. 1887.
Fourth Day's Proceedings.
Elder J. R. NeSmith, led the religious exercises at the
commencement of the service, after which the Moderator
called the Association to order.
Tho Report on Sunday Schools having been read on Sunday, in the
mass meeting, was adopted as follows : We your Committee on Sabbath
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Schools, submit the following as our report. . We feel encouraged in this
grand work. Judging from the letters, there has been more interests mani-
fested in Sunday School work, this year, in the Muscle Shoals Association
than in the past year. Quite a number of the churches report lively Sun- .
day Schools. This is as it should be. It is a work in which all may en-
gage, and we are glad to know that the churches are coming to the front, on
this question. The church that has a live working Sunday School has a
■ Bible reading people, and if our people, can be induced to study God's
word, we may hope for a God serving people. Upon the other hand the
church that has no Sunday School, invariably has a careless people in re-
gard to the word of God. The Psalmist says, " Thy word is a lamp unto
my feet, and a light unto my path." If we fail to study the word of God,
we fail to receive the light that springs up therefrom. We know of no
place that offers more inducements for the acquisition of Bible knowledge
than the Sunday School. Still we regret to know that a large per cent of
our church members manifest no interest in this grand cause. We deem it
prudent to urge the use of nothing but Baptist literature in our Sunday
Schools. We would recommend that our pastors and delegates urge upon
our churches, the importance of having a Sunday School in every Baptist
W. T. Cobbs,
STATE OF RELIGION.
The Report of the Committee on State of Religion, was read by Brother
W. P: Hill, and was adopted as follows : The Committee on State of Re-
ligion beg leave to make the following report. The information brought
us through the letters from the churches, shows us that several churches
within our bounds are advancing in the work of the Lord, while others we
regret to say are in a lukewarm condition. Our religious state is on the
decrease in some parts, while other parts are advancing. The doctrines of
the Bible in some parts of the Association, are being earnestly advocated,
and the faith once delivered to the saints, is being received by many. We
thank God for the privilege ot making this report We recommend to all
the churches, consecration to Christ, that they may all stand firm in the
faith, that giveth them the victory over the world
W. P. Hill, Ch'n.
The Report of the Board of Ministerial Education, and
the Treasurers Report were read by Brother Jos. Shackel-
ford, and discussed by Brothers W. B. Carter, Jos. Shackel-
ford and C. G. Lynch. Brother Lynch called for contribu-
tions add pledges for Ministerial Education, when the fol-
lowing were received.
CASH AND PLEDGES FOR MINISTERIAL EDUCATION.
Moulton S. S., cash $ 5 00
Mouiton Church 10 00
Mt. Pleasant per A. H. Stanley, $1 paid by
^ . ....... noo
Bro. Gargis...* 7 go
Decatur " 5 00
HilUboro ' "'[ 10 00
Enon 5 00
Pleasant Hill ' 5 00
Hopewell " 5 00
Bethel (M).. ..;..•• •• — »—.•• "'' 1 00
Shoal Creek, paid by E. T. Spain % ^
Blue spring.. ^.. ...•• — •• ;•;;*; 1 00
MtNeboper W.B.Carter % w
Rocky Creek.......-- •*; 5 00
Hartsell Sunday School 5 w
Somerville V ' " 2 60
Mt. Hope 10 00
Town Creek 5 00
Sheffield ' 5 00
Tuscumbia 5 00
M. Finney .• •• - • 1 00
G. W. Smith, paid . 50
Isaac Bradford, paid 1 qq
J. R. Nesmith, paid 35
Elkin Carter, paid x qo
W.D.Braswell. .......•■• ■•••■ 1 00
Harmony by W. S. Howell j w
W. H. Mustin j 50
W . P. Hill 25
G. E.Lane, paid 50
C. Thompson, paid 5 qo
Mrs. J. Gunn..... R qo
Mrs. C. G. Lynch 5 w
Mrs. A. H. Stanley 2 go
W.T. Cobbs 2 go
John Speer, paid j qo
"Willie Speer, paid 25
Mrs. J. W. Wallace, paid j ^
J. W. Wallace, paid go
J. W. Horton 2 50
Mrs. Mattie McClam . . . . . • „ ^
J. H. Routh per R. M. McClure J JJJ
Phil Lynch, paid r qo
Mrs. McVey ' " - ^
Mrs. Mittie Wear i ™
Mrs. W. B. Carter, g £J
Jonathon Sandlin « 50
G. W.Jackson - qq
W. B.Carter , " --
W. T. Wearer : *•;*
Total cash and pledges for Min. Educat'n $159 00
The report of the Board of Ministerial Education and the
Treasurer's Report were adopted as follows:
REPORT OF THE BOARD OF MINISTERIAL EDUCATION.
YourlBoard of Ministerial Education submit the following report of its
work for the p*st aasociational year :
The Board has continued to aid Bro. W. T. Cobbs in securing an educa-
tion. He remained at the Mountain View High School during the past
session of that Institution for nine months, and we are glad to report that
he pursued his studies with commendable industry, and the Board is much
satisfied with the progress he has made. The Board also assisted Bro. John
Speer for four months during the last session of the Mountain View High
The total amount of cash received for Ministerial Education since our
last report is $99.04. We had on hand at the time of our last report, $1.16
making $100.20. We have paid out to Bro. Cobbs $72.95 and $4 for rent.
We have^paid to Bro. Speer $23.95, making a total paid out of $100.20,
leaving nothing in the treasury. The total amount of cash and pledges for
Ministerial Education at our last Association was $193.05, of this amount
$26.05 was cash and $167 pledges. Of these pledges only $31.10 have been
paid, leaving a balance unpaid of $135.90. We are still due Bros. Cobbs
and Speer $33.80. We trust that these pledges will be paid at this Associ-
ation. We learn that there are one or two worthy young brethren who de-
sire to attend school, and would like the assistance of this Association. We
urge the Association to raise money to aid them, The report of the Treas-
urer is appended to this report.
J. Gunn, President.
Jos. Shackelford, Sec'y.
Jos. Shackelford, Treasurer in account with Ministerial Education Fund.
Oct. 1. To amount on hand from last Report $ 1 16
Oct. 1. To amount from Pinance Committee. . , 37 50
Oct. 1. J. D. Inman 1 00
Oct 1. To amount from Mt. Pleasant church per E. S. Little 2 50
Oct. 1. Z To amount collected at Association 25 55
Oct. I. To amount from Pleasant Hill S. S 100
Oct 1. To amount from S . W. Shackelford's children 1 00
Oct. 1. To amount from Finance Commitee 2 00
Oct. 1. To amount from |Enon church , . . 3 10
Oct 1. To amount from Moulton S» S. for C. G. Lynch 2 50
Oct. 1. To amount from Hillsboro church 5 00
Oct 1. To amount from Shoal Creek church 95
Oct. 1. To amuunt from Mt. Pleasant church per A. H. Stanley. 5 00
Oct. 1 . To amount from Town Creek church per R. T Wear 5 00
Oct. 1. To amount from R. Simpson and wife 5 00
Oct. 1 . To amount from Bro. Weavers children 1 00
Oct. 1. To amount from Sister Clay 100
By amount paid Bro. W. T. Cobbs 72 95
By amount paid Bro. J. Speer 23 31
By amount paid for rent 4 00
Total 100 86
Jos. Shackelford, Treas.
The Report of the Committee on Deceased Ministers was read by Bro.
R. T. Wear, and adopted as follows : Your Committee on Deceased Min-
isters feel sad to report the death of Brother Samuel M. S teen son, A-hich
occurred since our last Associational meeting. His long standing with us
as one bold to declare the doctrines of the Bible, causes us to cherish the
memory of his commendable christian virtues. It is also our mournful
duty to record the departure of our Brother Wm. Hightower, who was
long and favorably known as a useful minister among us, whose desires
were always for the advancement of the Redeemer's cause. Ii is sad to see
our standard bearers falling before the sickle of death, yet we are thankful
to God, that he has spared so many of our efficient ministers. Shall we not
pray the Lord of the harvest to send more laborers into this harvest, to
take the places of those that have fallen. We suggest that the business of
the Association be suspended for a few minutes in memory of our deceased
R. T. Wbar.
In obedience to the suggestion of the Committee the \ssociation sus-
pended business for a time, and the hymn, " How firm a foundation ye
saints of the Lord " was sung.
After the hymn, the Association resumed business.
On motion, of Brother C. G. Lynch, a committee of three
consisting of Bros. J. T. Wallace, J. E. Weaver and J". R.
NeSmith, was appointed by the Moderator to nominate a
Board of Ministerial Education.
The Committee on Temperance submitted llieir report, which was dis-
cussed by Bros. J. R. NeSmith, J. C Orr,and Mat Lyon, which was adopt-
ed as follows :
Dear Brethren, we your committee on Temperance make the following
report. Since our last meeting, many hard fought battles have been be-
tween the children of God, and the children of this world, and while we
admit that we have not gained tlie vic*orv on every field, we have in the
majority of cases won decided victories. Our Temperance army is stron-
ger to-day than it was. The children of light, are an army of volunteers,
battling for the cause of Temperance. They are better organized, and
con f ending with more zeal than ever before. Their faith is in Christ, they
are Determined to put intemperance away from the church, and out of the
State and out of the Nation.
J. R. NeSniTH, Ch'n.
TRUSTEES OF THE BAPTIST MALE AND FEMALE
INSTITUTE AT MOULTON.
The following brethren were appointed Trustees of the Bap-
tist Male and Female Institute at Moulton: H. B. Irwin, T.
W. Lynch, N. G. Dilleshaw, J. M. Clark, appointed for four
BOARD OF MINISTERIAL EDUCATION.
The committee appointed to nominate a Board of Ministe-
rial Education, nominated- the following brethren,which were
approved by the Association: J. Gunn, Thomas W. Lynch,
Wm. Irwin, Thomas Hutchinson, Jordan White, J. G. Orr,
J. W. Hargrove.
On motion the present Executive Board and Treasurer
were elected for the ensuing year, as follows: O. D. Gibson,
President; 0. G. Lynch, Secretary; Thomas W. Lynch, Treas-
urer, W. D. Mc Daniel, L. W. Wear, P. J. Huchinson,Wm.
Irwin, John B. Moore.
On motion, Bro. J. Gunn was added to the Board. Some
remarks were made by Bros. O. D. Gibson, C. G. Lynch and
Jos. Shackelford, concerning the work of the Board and the
report of the Treasurer.
REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON DOCUMENTS.
Bro. H J Halbrooks read the report of the committee on documents,
which was adopted as tollows: We, jour committee on Documents tuomit
the following. The letters from fhe churches show that a majority of
churches have had additions by baptism, but there has been a decrease in
Sabbath schools, and a small decrease in pledges from churches, and a
large decrease in pledges from individuals; that four churches are ^not rep-
resented; that Tuscumbia church caHs for material aid; that Mt r»sgan
church in Morgan and Russelville okurch request the Association to hold
its next session with them. H J Halbrooks,
T J Weaver.
J T Wallace.
At this place the clerk woold say, that on Saturday on an
appeal for help from Tuscumbia church, the following
amounts were paid and pledged. Others doubtless gave
their names to Sister McClain, who was seeking aid for that
Jordan White paid 25
Cash - ^
TNJone* ; & w
Total ■■•• * 1525
The Moderator announced th# following standing committees
who are to report next year. The chairman will see to it that
reports are prepared.
Associational Mission— John. Speer, J. I. Stockton, R. T.
State Missions— Mat. Lyon, M. Finney, J. R Nesmith.
Foreign missions-W BAJarter, W.T. Cobbs, H. A. McOlel-
Education— C. G. Lynch, J. M. Thomas, W. F. Orr.
Temperance— J. 0. Orr, Dr We Stanley, T. J. Weaver.
Sunday School— Dabney Burleson, H. C. Gilbert, J. D.
Resolutions were adopted as follows:
By Bro. Mat. Lyon:
Whereas, The weekly newspaper is esteemed indispensable to human
SriSK n of^iS B tfS tened ' aCtiVC and rC f ding agC; ^wherLsVe le
e^giraSSS^' COmm ° n ^ ^ t0 rel ^ iou8 as -» « worldly
Resolved 1 That we deem it indispensable to the most effective devel-
opment of Babtist principles, the true principles of the Gospel? !£t Baptist
newspapers be well sustained, and widely read. baptist
\K^t S 1 lVed ' 2 " That ul w e appreciate the peculiar importance of sustinins a
Baptist newspaper published in our own state, for the special benefit of our
own people; that we recognize the greatly unproved coStion of the A °a-
*n? H?^ 8 * UndCr ?£ mana S em *nt of Brethren Shackeltord and Hare
and Heartily commend the said paper to every Baptist; and that we special!-'
eKS^TSSfT ^ th «" d v«it»ge. of its weekle^ visits sho"?d be s^ir-
ed without delay, by every Baptist family in this Association
By Bro. John Speer:
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On motion of Bro. J. 0. Orr the Clerk was authorized to
have 1200 copies of the minutes printed, and he was allowed
$20 for his services.
By Bro J. Speer:
t^ eS ° /V /^ P a * We ^. ue6t Churches to insist upon the delegates whom
mSed Assertion, remaining with the body untill StWdnly dE
By Jos. Shackelford:
to^nH^/n' Th * tthe Executive Board be instructed to authorize Treasurer
to send all monies to the respective Boards, Foreign, Home and State
which are so directed by the churches in their letter!, and Tat tE Board'
is authorized to direct the amounts, which it may deem proper to be pltd
BvWB Carter: . .
Resotved, That the Treasurer be.authorized to settle with the missionaries
for their past labor at his earliest convenience
BvWB Carter: „ . .
Resolved That the same instruction be given the Executive Board as last
vefrt^'aSs their V*^^?^ S'SfSte* a sufficient
The Treasurer was authorized to pay over
amount of money to have the minutes printed.
REPORT OF FINANCE COMMITTEE.
The Finance Committee made their report as follows:
Your Committee on Finance beg leave to report. We have
recehed from Churches and Individuals as follows:.
REPORT OF FINAHCE COMMITTEE.
Gum Springs, M
Gum Springs. L
Mt Zion, M.
Cherry Hill '/.[["
Mission Grove. . . .
Moulton S. S . .......
Cash collections on SatVy
W DBrazel .;
Mrs C H Simpson
$ 30 00
' 10 66
REPORT OF FINANCE COMMITTEE.— (Continued.)
J O Burlson
C B Carter
J W Wallace
Mittie Wear . .
Miss Annie Shackelford.
Collection on Sunday
$ 62 80
$ 424 85
$ 7 50
$ 2 50 $34 50
Total from Churches and individuals and Sunday Schools
Total Education Fund *
Total Associational Miss ons ...
Total Home Missions
Total Minute Fund
Total Foreign Missions ' ""433 15
Total cash received • 67 05
$ 555 20
By amount turned over to Treasurer cash $ 488 10
By amount turned over to Treasurer, Vouchers by U ° "
Total * ... $ 555 20
RespectfuMy submitted. y g ^^ ^
The minutes were then read and approved.
There being no further business, the Association, after
singing a patting hymn, and giving the parting hand, joined
in prayer with Bio. O. D. Gibson. After prayer, the Moder-
ator closed the body, adjourned to meet with Kusselville
church on Friday before the first Sabbath in October, 1888.
J. Gunn, Moderator,
Jos. Shackelford, Clerk.
o Cherry Hill ....
iz Tharp Springs. . .
•~ Macedonia, F . . .
£ Mt Pleasant
Town Creek ....
Mission Grove. . .
CO » T
]2 New Hope ....
8 Mt Hope.
Gum Spring. L.. .
Pleasant Hill ...
Macedonia, M . .
*j Mt Pisgah
•~ Bethel, M
% Mt Zion, M
Q Gum Springs, M.
-o Shoal Creek
f-n Blue Springs. ..
Rocky Creek ....
J M Thomas.
J M Thomas.
J O A Pace .
M Finney. . . .
M Finney. . .
J R Nesmith
John Speer.. .
J R Nesmith ....
J M Roberts
R T Wear
J M Roberts
J M Roberts
Jos Shackeltord . . .
R T Wear
J M Roberts
W T Cobbs
W T Cobbs
J M Roberts
W J^ Browning. . . .
J D McClanahan . .
W B Carter
T J Weaver
J D McClanahan . .
W B Carter
J I Stockton
C A Owen
J E Roane
H J Halbrooks , .
T J Weaver
J T Weaver
N o letter
W B Carter
Not represented . . .
T J Weaver.
Tharp Springs. .
Mt. Hope . .
Courtland. . .
Moulton . . .
Moulton . . .
Moulton . . .
Courtland. . .
l/illsboro . .
Ml. Hope . .
Simpson . . .
Danville . . .
Danville. . . .
Hartsell. . . .
Danville . . .
Falkville. . . .
Cadar Plains ....
« As per last report. Total number of churches 44. Total membership 3196.
expenses and building $431.00. Total contributions $1,204.25. The amount
reported. Value of church property $106.50. Net increase in membership :
IABLE FOR MUSCLE SHOALS BAPTIST ASSOCIATION, 1887.
$ 100 00
93 05$ 516 15
$ 77 50
1 140 75
34 50 15
$ 40 00
$ 1 200 00
2 000 00
1 000 00
$ 431 00
$10 650 00
2 50 $22 50
tal contributions lasl year : for Missions $634 20; for Ministerial Education $81.80; for Minute $34.50; public collection $22.75; for church
hurch expenses and building is only fr^. - few churches. Amount paid for Pastor's Salary as reported $1,140.75. Only a few churches
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